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Witnesses Play Key Role in Apprehending Pedestrian Hit and Run Driver

Posted on in Personal Injury

CA injury lawyerFor pedestrians, being struck by a motor vehicle can result in serious and potentially life-threatening personal injuries. In many cases, it is the reckless actions of drivers who are to blame in these collisions. For victims, getting compensation in a claim can help offset the medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages they suffer. In the event injuries prove fatal, holding the at-fault driver accountable can help give grieving family members a sense of justice.

When these types of tragic events involve hit and run accidents, this can end up proving challenging. Witnesses to the accident are often invaluable in providing information that can lead to apprehending these suspects. In the case of a recent fatal hit and run accident in San Jose, witnesses went one step further, preventing a potential hit and run driver from fleeing the scene.

Fatal Hit and Run Pedestrian Accident in San Jose

Over the recent Thanksgiving weekend, a fatal pedestrian accident happened on the Capitol Expressway in San Jose. The collision occurred on Saturday, November 24, 2018, when an identified female was hit by a 2018 Ford truck traveling in the eastbound lanes. Investigators report that after striking the victim, the 39-year-old San Jose driver attempted to leave the scene.

Fortunately, there were witnesses to the accident who stopped the man and held him on site until law enforcement officials arrived. He was immediately arrested and is currently in custody at the Santa Clara County Jail. While police do not suspect drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash, the driver does face charges of felony hit and run, as well as vehicular homicide. Sadly, this makes the 19th fatal pedestrian accident to occur in San Jose in 2018.

How Witnesses Can Help In Hit and Run Accidents

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), more than 600 people are injured or killed as a result of hit and run accidents in Santa Clara County each year. Despite the potentially severe penalties drivers face for a hit and run, there are a number of reasons why drivers may attempt to leave the scene:

  • Lack of driver’s license, registration, or insurance;
  • Outstanding warrants;
  • Illegal driving behaviors, such as being under the influence;
  • Illegal citizenship status;
  • Thinking they can evade responsibility for the crash.

When these types of accidents happen, witnesses are often a crucial link in identifying drivers. They may be able to get a description of a driver or vehicle and a license plate number, which can be circulated among law enforcement officials. This information can also be relayed to local mechanics and the general public, which often helps in apprehending the suspect.

Let Us Help You Today

When hit and run accidents impact you or those you love, the Jachimowicz Law Group is here to help. Reach out and contact our passionate Santa Clara County motor vehicle accident attorneys at 408-246-5500 and request a free consultation to discuss how we can help you identify those responsible.

 

Sources:

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2018/11/25/witnesses-detain-san-jose-fatal-hit-and-run-suspect/

https://www.ots.ca.gov/media_and_research/rankings/default.asp

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